Publish: 01 Jul 2022, 03:39 pm
The supreme court on Friday came down on former BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who sparked controversy with her remarks against the prophet, and said her loose tongue has set the country on fire, reports the Times of India.
"We saw the debate on how she was incited. But the way she said all this and later says she was a lawyer is shameful. She should apologise to the whole country," said Justice Surya Kant.
Nupur Sharma had requested the court to transfer to Delhi the multiple FIRs filed against her across the country, citing threats. She, however, has withdrawn the petition.
Her lawyer said she had not used her name on the petition because of the threats. "She faces threats or she has become a security threat," the judges snapped.
The court snubbed Sharma's argument on "equal treatment" and "no discrimination".
"But when you file FIRs against others, they are immediately arrested but when it's against you nobody has dared to touch you," the judges said.
Her comments showed her "obstinate and arrogant character", said the Supreme Court.
"What if she is the spokesperson of a party. She thinks she has back up of power and can make any statement without respect to the law of the land?"
Her lawyer replied she had only responded to a question by the anchor during a TV debate.
"There should have been a case against the host then," the court responded.
When the lawyer referred to the citizens' right to speak, the judges replied caustically, "In a democracy, everyone has the right to speak. In a democracy, grass has the right to grow and the donkey has the right to eat."
Sharma's argument citing an order about protecting journalistic freedom also did not wash.
"She cannot be put on the pedestal of a journalist. When she goes and lambasts on a TV debate and makes irresponsible statements without thinking of the ramifications and consequences that it will have on the fabric of society," said the Supreme Court.
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